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Things To Do In Michigan With Kids ~ Blanford Nature Center

Blanford Nature Center ~ Things To Do In Michigan (with kids) We recently had some friends come and visit from California, and spent part of the day enjoying Blanford Nature Center. It had been a while since we visited, and the kids loved walking around and exploring all that this great nature center has to offer. During the early spring they have the Sugarbush Festival and you can watch the whole process of maple syrup making, which is a lot of fun (and of course educational as well)! Before heading out on the trails we took a potty break in Continue Reading…

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National Train Day

Last week I received an email telling me that on Saturday it was National Train Day. I had never heard of National Train Day, so I decided to look into it. What it means is that lots of the local train stations were having a celebration for train transportation and had some fun activities for kids, as well as 50% off tickets for Amtrack on that day. With Gabe being a HUGE train fan, I figured this would be a perfect outing for him and Ethan. It started at 6am on a Saturday and all the rest of the kids chose Continue Reading…

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Dangers Of Dad’s Bringing Kids To Hardware Store, Teenage Driving, and more!

The weather has finally started to warm up well at least on some days, which means we have started spending lots of time outside lately!! So here is a spring photo dump of our outdoor happenings lately. We choose not to fill the sandbox area under our swing set, because of the fact our cats would love their own premium litter box outside. I was able to find a cover for it so we decided to fill the sandbox, it was a great decision the sand is a wonderful sensory input for Ethan and he will play in it for many hours. Continue Reading…

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Lego KidsFest 2014 Michigan

We were blessed to be able to attend Lego KidsFest 1 1/2 years ago when they came to Michigan, the kids had so much fun and knew what there was to enjoy this year so they were extra excited to be able to attend again and even convinced one of their neighbor friends to attend with us!! Our trip starts with a 2 1/2 hour trip to Novi on the other side of the state, with 6 kids. This year we were able to being the neighbor girl with us, which Cody, Anthony, and Ethan were VERY happy about. We always bring Continue Reading…

Lego KidsFest ~ Michigan

LEGO Bricks are something my children play with almost daily, we use them for many different learning activities and the kids love imaginative play with them. 2 years ago we had the privilege of attending the Lego KidsFest in Novi, MI which had lots of LEGO® Brick goodies and fun. Everyone had an absolutely wonderful time, so when we found out that they were coming back again this year to Michigan, of course everyone wanted to attend and help promote this wonderful event again! If you have ever thought about attending this event is is IMPERATIVE that you purchase tickets in Continue Reading…

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Pictured Rocks National Shoreline~Miners Castle ~ Upper Peninsula Michigan~ #puremichigan

I know that it has been a while since our last Upper Peninsula Michigan Vacation post. But life has been busy, and I am needing to remember the warmer weather since last week we had temperatures that were -20’F with the wind chill our average high right now would be 38’F, it has been one of those winters, I wish would just end… So here is the next installment of our vacation back in August. The pictured rocks is a hidden piece of heaven in the northern part of Michigan’s upper peninsula. The Shoreline is a 15 miles long and is Continue Reading…

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Ice Pillar

Me and Jake looked into the sky one VERY cold night and this is what we seen. Neither of us had any clue as to what they were, but both agreed they were very interesting. We noticed that the lights seemed like they were shooting up from all the area lights, well we were right. I saw the following video on the local news the next day that told me exactly what it was something I had never even heard of let alone seen, Ice Pillar. Ice Pillar are a type of optical phenomenon from the reflection of the lights Continue Reading…

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Over 100″ of Snow ~ Polar Vortex 2014

We had some really crazy weather this winter and are making new records regularly for our area. In December we ended up getting quite a bit of snow and 2 different ice storms which caused a lot of problems. Some people in the area without power for over a week due to the ice storms and if that wasn’t bad enough it was the week of Christmas so yes some towns had no power on Christmas Day… We lost power for both of the storms, the first one was just over 24 hours without power and the second one we only Continue Reading…

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Klackle Orchards 2013 #orchards

We were recently blessed with the opportunity to head over to Klackle Orchards for a fun family day at the orchard. Klackle Orchards offers many different things for kids to enjoy and each year things are a little different. Read my giveaway post that has all the information about what activities they have, hours and prices for the year. My recommendation is to get there early in the day and plan to spend most of the day there. They have so many different activities for the kids to be able to participate in you will have plenty of fun to Continue Reading…

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Meijer Fall Fashion #MeijerStyle

We were recently given the opportunity to be able to choose some Meijer Fall Fashion. It worked out perfect with the fact that Jake was in need of some new fall dress clothes for work, so he became the luck person who was able to find some new Meijer fall fashion. He was excited to go and pick out his own new clothes, since getting new clothes is not something parents of 6 children get the opportunity to do very often. Meijer is somewhere that we stop at and get some of the organic items we need since they are Continue Reading…

Harvest Days at Vineyard 354 Family Farm

Last year we all had such a wonderful time during the blogger event at Vineyard 354 Family Farms, that we decided to spend the day enjoying their Harvest Days once again. The Harvest Days celebration is a wonderful place to spend a nice fall day enjoying some wonderful family fun in southwest Michigan. They have many fun things to do like wagon rides, a bounce house, marshmallows to roast on the fire, a sucker tree, pumpkin patch, and many more fun activities for the children to enjoy this year. They worked extra hard this year to add even more fun Continue Reading…

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Ringling Brothers Circus ~ Dragons

A couple weeks ago we were blessed with the ability to attend the Ringling Brothers Circus that came to town. We all had a wonderful time! We did learn that whenever we go to events at the Van Andel even if they are not very loud we need noise cancelling headphones for Ethan. The whole time we had to push our hands over Ethan’s ears because the noise was more then he could handle. The Ringling Brothers circus was beyond my expectations and had so many different acts for everyone that there were many different acts that each of the Continue Reading…